Application Procedure

All application materials are now available on-line and described below. If you would like a paper copy of these materials or if you have any questions about the process or the program, contact Dr. Helen C. Harton, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, or complete an information request form.


Send the following items directly to the Registrar's Office, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006:

  1. Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended (must come directly from your previous institution)
  2. Official GRE scores (general test is required; subject test is optional)
  3. Application fee of $50 (not necessary if undergraduate degree is from UNI)
  4. Application for Admission to Graduate Study

Send the following items directly to Dr. Helen C. Harton, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0505:

  1. 3 letters of recommendation sent by the recommenders, with their signature across the back flap of the envelope. Letters of recommendation should come from professors, supervisors, or other individuals familiar with your academic achievements and potential for graduate study.
  2. Statement of Interests in Psychology
  3. Departmental application (MS Word or PDF format)
  4. If you want to be considered for financial aid, a scholarship application and an assistantship application.

International students must also complete an International Student Application Form and submit other information to the International Studies office.

The application deadline for full consideration of financial aid is February 1st. Offers of admission will begin in early February and continue on a rolling basis until early May. All applications completed by April 30 will be given full consideration, but early application is strongly encouraged.

Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. Applications completed after the deadlines will be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Committee, but admission of these applicants will be contingent upon availability of space in the program at that time. Graduate students are only accepted into the program for entry in the fall semester and on a full-time basis. The program takes two years to complete.


The M.A. program in psychology admits 10-15 students each year. For the 2004-2005 entering class, we received 65 applications and admitted 13 students. The average GRE scores for the students admitted were 500 (Verbal), 599 (Quantitative), and 638 (Analytical). Their average undergraduate GPA was 3.32.

Year Apps. Received Apps. Admitted Avg. GRE-Verbal Avg. GRE-Quant. Avg. Undergrad GPA

2004-2005

89

22

490

562

3.59

2005-2006

111

18

517

655

3.53

2006-2007

97

19

509

594

3.59

2007-2008

109

22

480

612

3.50

2008-2009

100

19

494

609

3.56